Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Incision of the heart during meat inspection of fattening pigs:
    a risk-profile approach (2009)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Leps, J
    Fries, R
    Meat science : the official journal of the American Meat Science Association; 81(1) — S. 22–27
    ISSN: 0309-1740
    DOI: 10.1016/j.meatsci.2008.07.002
    Pubmed: 22063958
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Meat inspection in the EU is based on Regulation (EC) 854/2004. Accordingly a risk based meat inspection should be implemented. In this paper, the incision of the heart in pig meat inspection is discussed with respect to efficacy. The incision especially can reveal the presence of endocarditis. Here, Erysipelothrixrhusiopathiae (E. rhusiopathiae) and/or Streptococcussuis (S. suis) are of particular concern. Both agents are regarded to be zoonotic agents. There is some evidence for infection of humans via an alimentary pathway. Hence, the occurrence of E. rhusiopathiae and S. suis is a concern of public health (PH) as well as veterinary public health (VPH). However, other measures, including on-farm disease prevention and diagnosis, seem to be more important for food safety. It is concluded that the incision and inspection of the heart is not justifiable with respect to PH aspects.